Leslie Eva Tayloe was born in Huntington, New York. She is the middle child of Selma Aweeka and Hinton Lee Tayloe. Her grandfather immigrated from Syria at 4 years old, her grandmother is Portuguese, and her ancestors on her dad’s side are from England.
Leslie’s passion for writing began at an early age. Her family moved to a different state every couple of years because of her father’s job, so she kept in contact with family and friends through letter writing. She also wrote in a diary. Leslie continues to enjoy putting pen to paper.
Leslie holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Nevada, and a Master’s Degree in Human Resource Management from the University of Maryland. A retired analyst from the federal government, she then joined Spotsylvania County Public Schools substituting. Currently, Leslie writes full-time and when she’s not writing, she is crafting.
Leslie is a member of SCBWI and CBI/WriteForKids, and participates in the 12X12 Picture Book Challenge. She works with two critique groups. Also, Leslie joined a newly formed Marketing Group named Kitlit at Heart. A great group of people from the U.S. and Canada.
Leslie lives with her partner, Michael, in Virginia with their two cats, O’mally and BooBoo, and a dog named Frankie. Their combined family includes five adult children and six grandchildren.